Samúel Friðjónsson

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Samúel Friðjónsson
Personal information
Full name Samúel Kári Friðjónsson[1]
Date of birth (1996-02-22) 22 February 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Reykjanesbær, Iceland[2]
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Right back, midfielder
Club information
Current team
Viking
(on loan from Vålerenga)
Number 27
Youth career
0000–2013 Keflavík
2013–2016 Reading
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Keflavík 2 (0)
2013–2016 Reading 0 (0)
2016– Vålerenga 28 (3)
2019–Viking (loan) 16 (1)
National team
2011–2012 Iceland U17 11 (2)
2013–2014 Iceland U19 20 (3)
2015–2018 Iceland U21 12 (1)
2018– Iceland 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 January 2019

Samúel Kári Friðjónsson (born 22 February 1996) is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays as a right back or midfielder for Viking, on loan from Vålerenga.

Club career[edit]

Reading[edit]

Friðjónsson joined Reading in March 2013 to train with the club before his two-year contract with the club began on 1 July 2013.[3] Friðjónsson extended his contract with Reading for another year on 22 May 2015.[4] On 9 May 2016, Reading announced that Friðjónsson's contract would not be renewed and that he would become a free agent at the end of his contract on 30 June 2016.[5]

Vålerenga[edit]

On 16 June 2016, Friðjónsson signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Vålerenga, to start on 1 July 2017 when his Reading contract expired.[6]

Friðjónsson made his debut for Vålerenga on 2 July 2017, coming on as a 65th-minute substitute for Bård Finne in Vålerenga's 0–0 away draw against Brann.[7]

Viking (loan)[edit]

On 30 January 2019, Friðjónsson joined Viking on loan until the end of the 2019 season.[8]

International career[edit]

Friðjónsson represented the Icelandic U-17 national team on 11 occasions between 2011 and 2012, scoring twice, with his debut coming on 2 August 2011, in a 3–1 win over Sweden U-17.[9] Friðjónsson went on to represent the U-19 team twenty times between 2013 and 2014, scoring three times, with his debut coming in a 1–1 home draw against Denmark.[9] On 26 March 2015, Friðjónsson made his debut for the U-21 team in their 3–0 defeat to Romania.[9] Friðjónsson made his debut for Iceland on 11 January 2018 in an unofficial friendly against Indonesia Selection.[10]

Friðjónsson was called up to Iceland’s 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 11 May 2018.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 21 July 2019[12][13]
Club Season League Domestic Cup[a] League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Keflavík 2012 Úrvalsdeild 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 Úrvalsdeild 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Reading 2013–14 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vålerenga 2016 Eliteserien 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 Eliteserien 11 2 2 0 13 2
2018 Eliteserien 17 1 3 0 20 1
Total 28 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 33 3
Career total 30 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 35 3
  1. ^ All appearances in the Norwegian Football Cup

International[edit]

As of match played 30 January 2019[14]
Iceland
Year Apps Goals
2018 5 0
2019 2 0
Total 7 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Iceland" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 13. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.foxsports.com/soccer/samuel-fridjonsson-player-stats
  3. ^ "Icelandic duo set to sign". readingfc.co.uk. Reading F.C. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Fridjonsson delighted to pen new Royals deal". readingfc.co.uk. Reading F.C. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Trio set to depart Royals ranks". readingfc.co.uk. Reading F.C. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Vålerenga har signert islandsk U21-landslagsspiller fra Reading". vif-fotball.no (in Norwegian). Vålerenga Fotball. 16 June 2016. Archived from the original on 20 June 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Sterkt bortepoeng for Vålerenga i Bergen". vif-fotball.no (in Norwegian). Vålerenga Fotball. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Islandsk landslagspiller klar for Viking". www.viking-fk.no (in Norwegian). Viking FK. 30 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  9. ^ a b c "Samuel Kari Friðjónsson". ksi.is. KSI. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  10. ^ "A karla - 6-0 sigur gegn Indónesíu". ksi.is (in Icelandic). KSI. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  11. ^ "A karla - Hópurinn sem fer á HM í Rússlandi". ksi.is (in Icelandic). Football Association of Iceland. 11 May 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  12. ^ Samúel Friðjónsson at Soccerway. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Samuel Kari Friðjónsson". ksi.is (in Icelandic). KSI. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Samúel Friðjónsson". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 25 June 2018.